PREMIERE: Footscray Community Art Centre, Melbourne
Opens 28th February 2019
A Feminist Re-Imagining .....
M: Kaddish For the Childrenis a visual performance work that re-imagines the classic Medea story from the woman’s perspective.It draws on: the classic Euripides Medea text; The Voyage of the Argo by Apollonius of Rhodes; and the Kaddish, the Jewish Mourners Prayer.
In this version Medea is allowed to mourn for the first time as she find her voice to recite the Kaddish and grieve various losses – home, identity and children. Meanwhile, her male counterpart, a.k.a. Jason, is condemned to a machine that will never let him stop moving.
As well as invoking the legacy of one of the world’s most ancient myths M:Kaddish For The Childrenis a contemporary rift on a modern relationship. The two performers, married for over twenty years, test the fundamental Medean dynamics of love, justice and faith against the parameters of their own relationship.
SOUNDSCAPE above: Despoiled LandscapeV1 by Jacque Soddell
Jacques: Sound is used in the piece as a textual landscape in which the piece exists. My composition is intended for multi channels and the soundscape will emerge from different and surprising places in the space (including the fish bones in the landscape). I have already collected and recorded sounds for the piece which I have begun to put together as sound compositions. These include the sharpening of knife blades; water sounds, street sounds and some natural environmental sounds. My work is an investigation into experimentation in deconstructing natural sounds (field recordings) to create new sounds & textures for performance.
‘M: Kaddish For The Children’ will premiere at Footscray Community Arts Centre 28th February -9th March 2019 as part of the International Women’s Day program.
I have no city, no mother, sister or relation.
I was carried off,
A trophy from a barbarian country.
Deborah Leiser-Moore: Concept, Writer and Performer
Richard Moore: Dramaturgy and Performer
Jacques Soddell: Sound Designer
Susan Bamford Caleo: Vocal Director
Footscray Community Arts Centre
International Women's Day Program
Development at Footscray Community Arts Centre
Domino (Zagreb, Croatia)
Directors Lab Melbourne
La Trobe University